Thursday, June 24, 2010

Round Up

AFI SilverDocs is still going on until June 27, 2010.

Top 25 librarian blogs.

There is just something very sweet and cool about Pomplamoose. I love their rendition of La Vie en Rose.

Love to see People Reading.

I've added one more to the list of my fascination with associations-National Pony Express Association.

I spend an extraordinary amount of time wondering why some people seem to have it so easy and others do not. Why some people seem to have a cauldron of disadvatages cast upon them, and others do not. Prudence Mabhena appears to have a whole host of disadvantages, but she has more heart and spirit than most. What an incredible person!! More about Ms. Mabhena here.

I was never a big fan of the television program Little House on the Prairie. If I had to watch something about some poor pioneer-type folk, I watched The Waltons. The Waltons weren't pioneers, but you get my drift. However, I found out some interesting trivia about one of the stars of Little House. Allison Arngrim, who played the bratty character Nellie, her mother in real life was Norma MacMillan ,the voice of Casper the Friendly Ghost. Ms. MacMillan was a voiceover artist of some repute.

More goodies about my favorite periodic table. Here is the Periodic Table of Videos.

More videos. These are about some of the symbols associated with physics and astronomy.

A few years ago I wrote about Beekman 1802 soap. I can't recall if I provided the back story to this soap or not, and I am too lazy to go back and find the entry. I'll provide it now.

I am always looking for interesting bar soap. I don't use it on my face, but I like to have a nice bar of soap for the bath. I also love an interesting story to go along with a product. Beekman 1802 soap is made from milk from the herd of goats that live on the Beekman Farm.

The Beekman Estate in Sharon Springs, New York was purchased by Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell in 2007. Brent is a physician and was Vice-President for Healthy Living at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. He has since given up his position at Martha Stewart to devote himself to the Beekman Farm and its businesses full-time. Josh Kilmer-Purcell is in advertising and is also a best-selling author. They have been a couple for 10 years. They have created a working organic farm. Josh still works in advertising in New York City and commutes home to the farm on the weekend.

They now have a reality show entitled The Fabulous Beekman Boys on Planet Green and it is a hoot. I love it and I am kind of down on most reality programming. The show chronicles the couple's trials and tribulations in becoming farmers. Give it a watch and meet "the girls" and Polka Spot, Farmer John and the village of Sharon Springs.

A sea glass blog. I love sea glass, but unfortunately I don't have any. I'll have to work on that.

Just in case you were wondering how to pronounce D'Youville College-it's pronounced Doo-ville, rhymes with Whoville.

You can read and get your do done at the same time at Beauty and the Book.

What were they reading on the Titanic?

Meet Dr. Colleen Fitzpatrick, the DNA detective and a fascinating subject forensic genealogy.

Religious I am not, but I love church and cathedral architecture. Take a gander at Los Lajas Cathedral in Colombia, South America.

So you want to say you are sorry about something, but don't have the cahonas to say it in person or you do have the cahonas, but you don't know what to say or what to write. You might want to gain some assistance from these helpful websites: I'm Sorry, Perfect Apology and The Public Apology.

That's all for this week. Have a good weekend. It's sweltering in my neck of the woods and yes I am counting down the days until October-97 more to go.

"Ah, duty is an icy shadow." Augusta Evans

Monday, June 14, 2010

Chocolate Math

1. Pick the number of times a week that you would like to have chocolate.

2. Multiply this number by 2.

3. Add 5.

4. Multiply that number by 50.

5. If you have already had your birthday this year add 1760. If you haven't had your birthday this year add 1759.

6. Now subtract the four-digit year that you were born.

7. You should have a three-digit number. The first digit of this figure is your original number (how many times you want to eat chocolate per week). The next two numers are YOUR AGE!!!

"After eating chocolate you feel godlike, as though you can conquer enemies, lead armies, entice lovers. " ~Emily Luchetti

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Round Up

R.I.P. Eleanor Taylor Bland

The world's coolest bookshops.

June 14th is World Blood Donor Day-give blood, it's easy, fast and it doesn't cost you anything, and can mean life for someone else.

My favorite fingernail polish company OPI and computer manufacturer Dell have partnered to bring us nail polish colored laptops.

This summer use Festival Finder to located your favorite music festival.

This sucky economy is hitting everyone. The Washington National Cathedral may sell some of its rare book collection.

I'm all about canines, but Sockington's twitter feed is the bomb!!

3 books that I want to read:

The Finger: A Handbook by Angus Trumble. I'm not even going to tell you what it is about. I am going to have so much fun when people ask me what am I reading, and I can say, "the finger". (yes, I'm an 8-year old boy). I also love the author's name-Angus Trumble.

The Wisdom of Donkeys: Finding Tranquility in a Chaotic World by Andy Merrifield. Much to many people's surprise donkeys are very docile creatures. Yes, they have that very loud bray and they will kick you if you tick them off (in that case I wish that I were a donkey), but they are gentle creatures and revered in many cultures. Not to give too much of the book away, but while visiting France the author borrows a friend's donkey for a long walking journey and he and the donkey become friends. Just sounds like a very interesting memoir/travelogue.

Zero Decibels: The Quest for Absolute Silence by George M. Foy. I think the title gives away the theme of the book.

Hey, there's an elephant sanctuary in Tennesee.

I hope that children are learning about things like the Pea Island Life Saving Station and men like Richard Etheridge in their history classes.

Gladiator graveyard is found in England.

The Library History Buff Blog has an interesting piece about some books that were purchased by the Library of Congress that were on the Lusitania-fascinating.

These Star Wars cookie cutters are making me giggle-Tee Hee!

Nice summery drink-cucumber gimlets.

NPR's top ten summer cookbooks.

That's all for this week. Have a great weekend.

"Fearlessness may be a gift, but perhaps more precious is the courage acquired through endeavor, courage that comes from cultivating the habit of refusing to let fear dictate one's actions." Aung San Suu Kyi

Monday, June 07, 2010

Updated Bookstore Blog List

I've been updating my list of American bookstores with blogs. If I have left anyone off of the list please feel free to let me know. I am including a couple of blogs that haven't been updated in awhile, but they are still bookstore blogs and on my list. If the actual bookstore website is not obvious on the blog I have also included the link for the store. When I started this list I also included some of my favorite publisher's blogs, but I have decided to omit them from this list and just include bookstores.

In case you can't tell this list has become a tiny obsession with me.

Aaron's Books

Alpahbet Garden

Atomic Books

Bay Shore Blog

Bear Pond Books

The Common Reader (McNally Jackson Bookstore)

Cooks with Books (Barbara Jo's Books to Cooks)

Curt's Books

Between the Covers (Tattered Cover Bookstore)

Birch Bark Books (store)



BookCourt Kids Blog

Book Culture

Book Dwarf

Books, Etc.

Book Passage

Book People

Book Soup (Book Soup Bookstore)

Boone Bridge Books

Boswell Books

Brookline Booksmith

Bunch of Grapes (store)

Chevalier's Books

Chop Suey Books (store)

Common Good Books (store)

The Drowning Machine (Aunt Agatha's New and Used Mysteries)

Flap Copy (Changing Hands Bookstore)

Flyleaf Books (store)

Globe Corner Blogs (store)

Greenlight Bookstore

Gulf of Maine Bookstore

Hawthorne Books (store)

Indie Booksellers of New York

Inkwell Bookstore (store)

King's English Bookshop (store)

Kash's Book Corner

Laguna Beach Books (store)

Lemuria Bookstore Blog

Literary Life Bookstore and More

Magers & Quinn (store)

Maine Coast Bookshop (store)

Maria's Bookshop

Matter Bookstore

Monkey Read (store)

Mr. Micawber Enters the Internet (store)

Monkey See, Monkey Read (store)

Murder by the Book (store)

Musings from a Catholic Bookstore (store)

Newtonville Books (store)

Norlight Lit Life (Northern Lights Books and Gifts)

Northshire Bookstore (store)

Omnivoracious (Amazon)

Porter Square Books (store)

Portrait of a Bookstore (store)

Ptak Science Books (store)

Powell's (store)

Pudd'nhead Books

Reading Copy (ABE Books)

Reading Odyssey

River Run Bookstore (store)


Sam Weller's Bookstore (store)

Seattle Mystery Bookshop (store)

Shakespeare and Company

Skylight Books (store)

Subterranean Books (store)

Titcomb's Bookshop (store)

Village Books (store)

Vroman's (store)

Well-Read Donkey (Kepler's Bookstore Blog)

Wessell & Lieberman (store)

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Round Up

I just have a few items for this round up.

R.I.P. Purvis Young and Louise Bourgeois.

Want to save money on books-Thriftbooks, also a Wikipedia entry.

Did you know that there is a Southern Food and Beverage Museum? No, I didn't either.

Apropos for the season: BBQ Sauce Reviews and Hot Sauce World.

The world is gearing up for the FIFA World Cup and I just read that 32 members of the Haitian Football Soccer Federation including 2 coaches died in the January earthquake.

Discovered a new rare book blog in my Internet travels-BookTryst.

I only got 6 correct on this Mark Twain quiz-Blast!!!! I hope you do better.

Lapham's Quarterly has a very cool Friends, Lovers and Family graph.

Oh fun-interactive Magnetic Words 3.0.

Maps that change the world.

Joyce Bailey donated clothing from her deceased mother's collection of clothing designed and worn by African Americans over several generations to the Smithsonian. These items will be on exhibit at the soon-to-be constructed National Museum of African American History. Nice Washington Post slideshow.

Really enjoying the National Postal Museum's blog-Pushing the Envelope.

50 iconic book covers.

Your daughter's summer reading list.

50th anniversary library edition of the Cramer Kik-Step Stool; a step stool for bookworms.

Have a great week.

"As surgeons keep their instruments and knives always at hand for cases requiring immediate treatment, so shouldst thou have thy thoughts ready...." Marcus Aurelius